Apple might introduce three iPhone 8 sizes with glass backs

Apple might introduce three iPhone 8 sizes with glass backs
Nikkei Asian Review reports that Apple is preparing three new iPhone models for launch next year. Featuring 4.7'', 5'', and 5.5'' displays by diagonal, they are all supposed to have glass backs, reportedly provided by Chinese companies Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology.

The glass front and back will be held together by a metal frame, which is supposed to be delivered by China's Foxconn, Catcher Technology, and U.S.-based company Jabil. While Foxconn and its subsidiaries have been developing glass backs, the manufacturing giant won't be able to secure orders for this component, as the aforementioned Chinese rivals now have the technological edge.

We also get to learn that only the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus might be switching to the rumored OLED display provided by the likes of Samsung, Sharp, and LG. The smaller models might stick with the same low-temperature poly-silicon technology as the iPhone 7 panels, though this doesn't mean that the smartphones will look the same. Such a difference between the regular and Plus-sized iPhones won't be surprising in the context of Apple already using the Plus-sized model to introduce forward-looking technology, such as dual lens cameras.

Mind you, though – knowing Apple, it is unlikely that the company will introduce a 5-inch iPhone 8 model, as such simply doesn't make sense next to the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch ones. It's not significantly bigger than the 4.7-inch, yet it's a fair bit smaller than the 5.5-inch. There's the possibility that Nikkei Asian Review's source refers to another device, which may or may not have anything to do with the iPhone brand, or is simply misinformed. Whatever the case, we suggest you take this report with the proverbial grain of salt until more credible information arises. 

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1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Hmmmm? Glass.

7. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Exactly Jerome. My thoughts Exactly! How dare you make something made out of glass considering the fact you use it each and everyday. It's in your pocket, it's on your table, it's in your lawn, it's next to your toilet, it's in your kids hands, it's at the dinner table, it's at your night stand, it's around concrete, it's in your car, it's in your dad's car, it's in your lil sister that you hate's car, it's at the nursing home, it's at church, it's at your parent's basement, it's on your roof, and it's in your garage. WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU WANT A PHONE YOU TAKE EVERYWHERE MADE OUT OF GLASS! You know the game of baseball? Yea, there is a reason they use either wood or metal to produce. You have them super stong, meaning super durable. It is a great function that reflects accurate use of a hardened product. Why can't phone makers get this? It's like they need outside consultants to figure things that really seem like common sense. All I ask is for three things in a smartphone 1. Excellent design 2. Excellent performance 3. Outstanding battery life Clearly, given the glass component, I'm not purchasing an iPhone 8 if these rumors are true. To think of how much it costs to produce these things (very little) compared to how much it costs a consumer like me to purchase this item (a whole lot) makes for an incredibly foolish investment. I refused to put money into things that break, and especially explode! (Yes, I'm calling you out Samsung). Now Apple, this is very simple. Do not do the glass backs and do something like metal, then you will just have dent problems if you potentially drop it. But imagine shattered glass in the hands of a toddler. Seriously, what do some of these design people do all day? It's insane that consumers like us have to reject their stupid decisions and then they will go back to the drawiing board just to create the very product they should have made in the first place. I mean, how idiotic when they can get it right the first time! Sometimes, i truly think some of these companies purposely do something stupid like this, then take this feature out with the next iteration of the product down the road, and give people an additional incentive to buy now. It's so logical from a profits standpoint, but Apple should be better than this! I mean, do my values mean anything? how about the values of the designers who believe in the device being an extension of one's self? Doesn't that mean anything?

8. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Does halloween ended? Because it seams that there's a need for more expensive spider webs to decorate our devices. And as an old saying goes: if jealousy was scabies, would spread to all the country

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Most likely Apple is going to use a glass back, because of a few reasons. 1) Glass has greatly improved in strength and durability nowadays. The Android devices clearly show this to be true. Just look at the Moto Z force which is unbreakable. 2) Glass can get you much better reception than metal back, and you won't have any antenna lines. 3) You can also support wireless charging, or other wireless technologies much better, like NFC or others. The competition has been doing it for years. Personally I want the most tech in my devices. That is why I try to stay away from all metal phones.

9. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Techie's long lost cousin is here.

23. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Dude keeps hijacking the top comment in each post to rant about random BS. It's getting irritating having to scroll past the rants again and again. On the subject though, nothing Apple does with the next iPhone will impress as they haven't done so in the past half a decade. Wonder how long before the current sales decline gets real enough for them to actually push the envelop.

31. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

It seems they're the same person lol

25. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Perhaps they should start making phone screens with wood and metal and not with glass.

30. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG......

39. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

No Back Glass Pleaseeeeeeee

2. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Glass backs? WTF Apple The manufacturers needs to get with the program. Obviously, it's already bad enough that glass fronts are existent with basically every smartphone, creating a potential disaster in the hands of consumers. Why glass backs? Why can't we just have plastic or metal? Going with glass that is shatter prone is the dumbest thing you can ever do. I really hope this is false. Fortunately for Apple, they really won't care too much since that majority of iphone users slap on a case regardless because of the cut little apple logo. But for people like me who like living in the nude, I don't want something that can easily break. One time i was sipping my tea using my Glass mug, and guess what happened? Someone came up from behind me, scared me, and then i dropped it to the floor causing it to shatter and me left still thirty. This situation is 100% correlated to dropping the iphone. If the back is shattered and I don't have a case, then I can potentially need to be rushed to the ER because my hands have 3048712787 cuts on them. Ireally hope Apple is smart enough to not do this. Apple: Do not turn into a samsung. Dilligently care about your customers and make an effort to make sure everyone is satisfied. Be like google in that regard, in terms of making something that people actually wan.t

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Apple has previously had glass backs just fyi...

16. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

So have Xperia phones as well though they do have a film in place to prevent shattering.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Glass has greatly improved. Just look at the Moto Z force. That device is unbreakable. Or I should say the glass is unbreakable at least. Also if you want wireless charging, then you have to get rid of the metal back.

35. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It's not all glass. I have the Moto Z Force and the glass is covered by a plexiglass layer surrounded by thicker bezels reinforced with a metal rim. This is why the display can scratch more readily than Gorilla Glass clad phones save for Gorilla Glass 5 which is more shatter resistant but at the expense of scratch resistance since it mimics the properties of plexiglass. The rear panel is steel and plastic. The Moto Z Play has a glass back and the front has the same Gorilla Glass as the regular Moto Z which can do well on scratch tests but not drop tests.

40. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I definitely agree, my point was simply to indicate that this is something Apple has had previously which was praised beyond belief, and now we got, that kind of reaction to it.

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

My money is so ready for the iPhone X!!

5. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Apple will be fine. Im in.

6. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

The 5 incher is a nice addition.. Apple is copying Samsung? Apple wants to make more money. When the rear glass panel is broken, it will cost you at least $ 150 to replace! WTF????

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iPhone 8, and hopefully a Note 8 as well for ya boy.

11. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

The 4.7 is simply too small. And the 5.5 is a good screen size but the bezels are outrageous.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You do know they're talking about the iPhone 8, and it's not out yet right?

15. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

You didn't read the article. C'mon dude, it's in the second sentence. That's inexcusable. How do you call yourself a commenter yet not even read the very blog you are on. Unacceptable. Read before you comment so you can look less foolish. I promise this will help you :) READ ARTICLES>

13. AlikMalix unregistered

Don't want glass in the back!!! I want no camera hump, I want NO top and bottom bezels. I want real over the air charging. Based on rumors: glass back, obviously thinner = camera bump, and possible same damn inductive pad charging (wireless my ass) ---- all point to disappointing release for when my contract is up in fall of 2017. Tim Cook isn't the CEO Apple should have. Gonna buy windows phone just to be different again.

36. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

So you want a Mi MIX? Lol Funny how iSheep like you didn't have any comments on the Mi MIX article.

37. AlikMalix unregistered

First of all, WTH with the iSheep BullShnit? You're a little troll in my book now. Do I want mimix? It's a very very impressive design - I have never had a Chinese phone, but I hear they dont run as well as the list of specs suggest they should. But I'll leave my opinion til more users share their experiences at the least. Would I buy mimix? Probably not, since I prefer iOS (since I'm an iSheep or w/e). And I did comment on mimix article - you ape - I really liked the design and that they didn't have to post fake promotion images - the real deal with bigger edge bezels still looks absolutely impressive. Don't effing accuse me of s**t until you know what's what. For crying out loud - I can't even criticize Apple without being called an iSheep - anyone understand this logic?

41. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Bwahahaha! How could you take the bait so easily you stupid turd?

42. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah, you got me.... /s this is why we can't have a decent conversation on PA.

43. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Lol. Yep. It's quite immature on here. Meanwhile to your point about Chinese phone optimization and performance. It's simply not true. I buy Chinese phones exclusively primarily for their dual-sim functionality and value for money. I've made many poor purchases and have finally settled on the more established brands. I currently have the Redmi Note 3 Pro and it's excellent. I can recommend Nubia/ZTE, Lenovo (depending on the model), Vivo/Oppo (same BBK parent co.), Huawei and of course Xiaomi. Forget the whining about skins etc, they're just different but highly customizable with very useful features. For $180 +/- the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro is a good gamble. You'll be impressed.

44. AlikMalix unregistered

Like I said - I don't use Chinese brands, I try android devices (whatever you fanboys claim is best) every two years - and it's typically Samsung flagship - android and samsung are extremely overhyped - I simply prefer iOS. Given that, I can only go by overall real people experiences. They are moving away from cloning iPhone and Samsung - which is nice and when they try to be original - it's not that bad as far as designs go. We'll have to see in 2017, if Apple keeps its top and bottom bezels - I'm gonna find a better looking device and hope I can get used to shortcomings of android (yes there are a lot). I just like the s-pen on Note series - it will be an interesting change.

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